- April 17, 2019
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Russell Wilson New Contract Reflects His Elitism
Russell Wilson will soon become the highest paid quarterback and player in the league for the moment. The question is whether he is worth the price tag. Wilson reportedly signed a four-year contract worth, $140 million which included a $65 million signing bonus. All of these numbers set new records for a player contract in the league surpassing the previous record given to Aaron Rodgers last year.
Wilson in his seven years in the league has never missed a game as a starter. He has averaged 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions in this span with a 64.2% completion percentage and more importantly a record of 75-36-1. When comparing Wilson to contemporaries Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers in the same period; the former Wisconsin Badgers quarterback is at an equal level or plateaus the two most talked about by pundits as the top quarterback in the league.
Rodgers since the beginning of the 2012 season has averaged 34 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a 64.5% completion percentage and a record of 59-36-1. Rodgers touchdown to interception ratio is better than Wilson, but Wilson has been the more pronounced winner. Wilson bests Rodgers head to head with a 4-3 record including a victory in the 2015 NFC title game.
Brady since the beginning of the 2012 season has averaged 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions with a 64.3% completion percentage and an unmatched record of 83-21. Wilson has led the Seahawks admirably against the Brady led Patriots with a winning record head to head of 2-1 with the only loss taking place after an ill-advised play call in Super Bowl 48 when Seattle was one yard away from back-to-back championships.
The numbers suggest that Wilson a Super Bowl-winning quarterback himself deserves more conversation as the best quarterback in the game and his compensation fits the bill.
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